Today, we join the World Health Organisation to celebrate the 2022 edition of the World Health Day. The Government of Osun State finds the theme of this year’s celebration (Our planet, our health) particularly apposite because of its resonance with our crusades on environmental health and its effect on our people.
One of the cardinal focus of the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is to ensure a healthy citizenry in Osun. It will be recalled that since inception of the administration, a number of infrastructural and operational interventions, like the revitalisation of health facilities across the State and the enactment of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme, have been done towards achieving qualitative health care, for which Osun has earned both national and international recognitions.
Also, as part of its commitment to protect the health of its citizens, the Oyetola-led government has exercised caution towards ensuring that its political, social and commercial decisions comply with global best practices in health, environment and safety realms.
The government has continued to wrestle climate and health crisis since its inception by promoting responsible mining and uncompromising operations across other industires; by instituting remediation measures to check land degradation and water pollution, both of which are effects of the activities of illegal miners in the State.
The government is not resting on its laurels and that is why it is taking advantage of this global crusade to call on citizens, especially farmers who are leasing out their farmlands to illegal miners to desist from such act.The effects of pollution finding their ways into our food chain are grave, and they are the major drivers of terminal diseases like cancer and heart disease. Let us be guided.
On the larger scale, Osun will continue its enforcement and its efforts to remediate. Its government will hold nothing back in fighting these agents of pollution and degradation masquerading as business men, so that the good people of Osun can continue to breathe healthy air and live in good health.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation,